Introducing New Members
Welcome to our latest Members :
Tim Barnett: “I’ve been running on and off since my school days when I discovered that cross-country was a great way to get out of standing around on a freezing rugby pitch for a couple of hours. Over the years I’ve done many races including 3 London marathons (a long time ago), various half marathons, 10ks, fell runs and the like. I always thought I should join a running club but somehow never got around to it until a few months ago when I and my son Luc decided to take the plunge. We’ve not regretted it – it’s great to have company when out running and we hope to get to know other club members better and to take part in some races.”
Mark Sutherland: I am actually a cyclist but due to being knocked off my bike (injured ribs) I took up running in November 2015 to get fit again over the winter months. I then took on the challenge of running a ½ marathon in March 2016. Due to another crash (and broken collar bone) on the bike shortly after the ½ marathon I lost interest in sports. In March this year I decided to motivate myself to start doing sport again and want to run an ultra-marathon in April 2017. To qualify for the race I need a marathon time so signed up for the Yorkshire marathon in October. I decided to join a club for group runs as that helps with motivation rather than going out alone. A lot of the training for the ultra-marathon will be over the cold and dark winter months so am hoping to get motivation from club/group runs. I joined Eccleshill Road Runners based on location and feedback from friends who know the club or members of the club.
Jessica Barrans: I started taking up running 2 & 1/2 years ago, doing my first ever Run for Life 5km which I found a challenge but felt great afterwards. Fast forward and I’ve completed Tough Mudders, 5km’s, 10km’s, 2 half marathons and most recently 2017 London marathon. I am BY FAR not the fastest runner at all, I really do take my time but training by myself was pretty boring and got harder, so joining a club was the way forward to keep the spark alive! I have had such a lovely reception coming to the club since joining, and is such a valuable resource going forward for future training. I doubt I will get to the speeds of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, but just being with a group of people really helps to keep running and is such a motivating way to keep fit!
Jenny Rogers-Thomas: I’m really enjoying running with the club. I only started running late last year around Oct and just casually with Rhea who has also joined. She got me into it and helped me get a bit better. She mentioned the club to me and the thought of running with others appealed to me and the time table really suits my home life. I am getting married in aug so am wanting to be fitter and healthier for that and for my holiday at the end of May. But more long term I want to get better and faster and hopefully enjoy entering races and pushing myself. I have entered my first race on 30th May, East Leeds 10k so that will give me a good insight into the racing atmosphere. Since I started running my daughter has asked to come running with me so we’ve been out together which is lovely, she’s 6 and I have a son too who is 3. I want to encourage them also to be fit and healthy. I’m really enjoying running with the club everyone is so friendly and encouraging.
Caroline Ward: I started at parkrun, about a year ago come rain snow or sunshine, I’ve worked hard to get a new pb most weeks, (pb @38 aiming for 36) I knew I needed to run more, I got talking to Kath, Tricia & Christine one Saturday at Bradford parkrun & was invited to come along to Eccleshill RR. I arrived one Wednesday in January I was made very welcome, I have had great support from the running club and I hope to achieve my goals at get fitter & faster well not to fast!!!! Thanks for the great welcome from the members.
Nusrat Haq: I love running but have put on weight as the years gone by its always yo yoing up and down & my diet doesn’t help when I’m sat in front of the tv so I decided to try do something about it. I joined a gym and did a few 10k cancer runs as I lost my sister last year to cancer only 36, running helped me breath again through caring for my sister and after she passed I felt I needed to continue running and making her proud and joking in supporting others in charity runs I heard about Eccleshill running club and how loving and welcoming you all are through friends who already are with you so I thought to give it a try and I’m hoping to do the half Leeds marathon this year will all your help!
Laura Cunningham: I joined the club after seeing you guys on a run one night whilst I was sat in my car at some traffic lights, I tried running before by myself but I wouldn’t push myself like I do now and to be honest I absolutely hated it! Plus the area I live in isn’t the best so I didn’t feel safe on my own, so I decided to look up you guys which I was quite scared to do as I’m not too confident around new people but I made myself email and come to my first session and I couldn’t believe how nice and helpful everyone was! On my first run when I had to stop several times to catch my breathe people would walk with me until I was ready to run again. I wanted to start running as I thought it was a great way to loose weight as I would like to get back down to the size I was before my boyfriend fed me haha plus I thought running with eccleshill road runners would give me a great opportunity to meet new people as I know no one in this area and it gets me out of the house. I only really do a Wednesday right now (the short run) but I’d like to eventually get better at my running and do another day a week plus work myself up to the longer runs, don’t know if I can do 10 miles though as I can’t even walk this distance! Ha I’m really looking forward to the Xmas party as I’ll get to properly talk to people within the club as when I’m running I do try but my breathing isn’t great so I try not to talk a lot! I really do enjoy coming on a Wednesday, I have found it to be quite hard but rewarding!
David Hudson: I’ve joined Eccleshill for the team atmosphere and to promote the club with some racing this year.